Arboles Home Mortgage: Emphasis on ‘Home’

by RaeAnne Marsh

Arboles Home Mortgage, LLC is a mortgage lender that offers financing and refinancing on homes throughout Arizona, but we’re more than your usual mortgage lender,” says its principal, Patricia Garcia Duarte, who launched the company as a social enterprise last year. “We know that homeownership creates prosperity for owners and our communities. That’s why we’re committed to responsible lending with a purpose. One hundred percent of our profits go back to Trellis, a local nonprofit that makes homeownership a reality for Arizonans regardless of their income, education or background. Every closed deal helps a local family purchase the home they dream of.”

Duarte, who is also president and CEO of Trellis, explains, “Nonprofits have had to find new ways to evolve and diversify financial resources to support themselves. We were inspired by the possibilities and opportunities a social enterprise could bring to Trellis. Through Arboles Home Mortgage, LLC, we’ll be able to sustain Trellis’s work of building stronger, more vibrant communities through homeownership.”

She found the biggest challenge was bringing together the right team that believed in the mission. It took time and patience, she says, to assemble what she now calls “the perfect team.”

Recognizing that there’s a risk involved in starting any business, she believes Arboles enjoys advantages in having a team that has been serving Valley residents for decades and knows the mortgage industry inside and out. So, applying advice she was once given that “positive change does not happen without calculated risk,” she says this particular calculated risk is “one that we believe will pay off for our communities.”

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